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FREE Printables: The Hunger Games Party (Table & Buffet)

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If you liked my Hunger Games Home Viewing Party Tablescape and Food Buffet – which were largely inspired by the District, Arena, and book cover artwork…. I’ve got good news: You can download all of the printables for FREE right here! Scroll down to access the download links, then click here to see how we used these printables in the actual party theme.

And since the DVD comes out at Walmart TONIGHT (at 11:59pm to be exact), hopefully you’ll be able to use these at your own Hunger Games viewing parties very soon.  Enjoy! :)

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LARGE CIRCLE – Girl on Fire – download high res pdf
LARGE CIRCLE – The Arena – download high res pdf

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Adorable Vintage Milk & Cookies Birthday Party (+ 5 Budget-Friendly Party Planning Tips)

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Um… YES, PLEASE! That pretty much sums up how I feel about this insanely cute, vintage style Milk and Cookies Birthday Party by Jen Carver of Banner Events, and it’s not just my sweet tooth talking. :) The fabulous printables by Anders Ruff tie everything together beautifully, and Jen also includes 5 tips for easy & budget friendly party planning below.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hay bales, milk jugs, and cow shaped creamers for a “vintage farm” feel
– Recycled Starbucks Frappacino bottles used as “vintage milk bottles”
– DIY cookie jars made from glass bowls with vinyl lettering + homemade “lids”
– Incredible fondant cookie cupcake toppers, milk bottle cookies & monogrammed cookies

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The Hunger Games: “Capitol Inspired” Dessert Table

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I’m so excited to share this “Capitol Inspired” Dessert Table with you today! It’s from our new Hunger Games Home Viewing Party theme, and was created as part of our current collaboration with Walmart to help celebrate The Hunger Games DVD release this weekend. You can download all the printables from this table for free!

Have questions on how anything here was put together? Join us for a Hunger Games Twitter chat tomorrow (Thursday 8/16) at 4pm EST. Use hashtag #DistrictParty to join the conversation.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Shimmery “Capitol Couture” cupcakes topped with theatrical, glitter lined eyes & lips
– Nightlock berry bites, rock candy & mosaic bites that lend an “edgy” look to the table
– Teal & gold Effie Trinket inspired cake, topped with an enormous flower of course!
– FREE Printable movie quotes, including Peeta’s infamous “frosting” remark
– DIY backdrop featuring diagonal stripes and spray-painted flowers

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FREE PRINTABLES: The Hunger Games “Capitol Couture” Inspired Dessert Table

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As promised, here are links to download all of the FREE Printables that I created for our The Hunger Games “Capitol Couture Inspired” Dessert Table for Walmart. See full details on the dessert table right here, and check out the Arena/District inspired buffet and tablescape here.

Hope you have fun with these! If you use them, I’d love to see how your viewing party turned out! :)

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Vintage Hot Air Balloon Inspired Bridal Shower

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Victoria of RV Parties takes us up, up & away with a super cute Vintage Hot Air Balloon Bridal Shower for a bride who loves to travel! From a die-cut hot air balloon garland to joyful “HURRAY” drink flags, this party of full of whimsical, charming paper details that can easily be translated to a baby shower, kids birthday, or even a graduation party theme!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– An adorable bunting banner with the brides name!
– A fun honeymoon trivia game :)
– Pink, yellow & navy sewn paper hot air balloon garland
– Favors: Wild Plum jelly jars embellished with pink paper rosettes
– Sweet & simple food labels with polka dots & stripes

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HWTM Hunger Games Party + DVD Release Events!

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Hey, Hunger Games fans… I’ve got some fun news to share today! To quote Effie trinket, “You are in for a treat!“. ;) In honor of the DVD release of The Hunger Games this week (hooray!), we’ve teamed up with Walmart to help make your home viewing parties of the movie extra fantastic – which means lots of creative Hunger Games Party Ideas, recipes, and FREE PRINTABLES for you to use! {Download the printables here: District/Arena Inspired Printables and Capitol Dessert Table Printables.}

My goal was bring Book 1 to life in “party form” with food and decor ideas that are creative, significant to the story and approachable enough for home entertaining. From a fiery food table backdrop made of crepe paper and DIY mockingjays to “survival themed” place settings and homemade “Capitol Couture” cupcakes, I hope these ideas SPARK some inspiration for your own home celebrations too! I’ll go into the full DIY details and shopping resources for each section of the party in the individual breakout posts.

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EARLY RELEASE PARTIES – FRIDAY

And speaking of celebrating, Walmart has partnered with Lionsgate Entertainment to turn the DVD release itself in to a special event by bringing The Hunger Games DVD to fans early through special “midnight parties” that will be hosted at 2000 stores across the country this Friday, August 17th. The parties kick off at 11pm, and a few select stores will even have special appearances by actors from the film! Get more details right here.

TWITTER PARTY – THURSDAY 8/16

I’ll be co-hosting a Hunger Games Twitter Party this Thursday, August 16th at 4pm ET. Please “stop by” to chat party ideas, entertaining tips, movie trivia and more! To join the conversation, follow @Walmart and @HWTMJenn and use the hashtag #DistrictParty.

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HUNGER GAMES HOME VIEWING PARTY THEME

Scroll down to check out an overview of the theme. Since there are a LOT of different things to cover, I’ll be posting more details – including DIY Tutorials and links to download the free printables – in separate posts throughout the week so they’re easy to digest. You can also browse all of the images in the photo albums on hwtm.com. Here are the links: Hunger Games Part 1 (fiery food buffet & “Arena” tablescape) and Hunger Games Part 2 (Capitol Couture Dessert Table).

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Wild, Wild West! Cowboy Birthday Party

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It’s awesome how Nicole of Million Dollar $mile Celebrations really brings out the FUN in party planning! She acted as “deputy” for her nephew’s Western Cowboy Party & helped pull out the dynamite ;) for a “western train robbery themed day” in the 1880’s Old West Adventure Town of Rawhide. The dessert table even depicts an entire “Wild West” town with “general store” cookies, fondant cacti, “Boot Hill”, and more incredible details that you will just have to see for yourself!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Clever desserts like edible “tumbleweeds” with butterscotch and wonton noodles
– A train bridge rigged with licorice and fondant dynamite
– Cowboy hats, sheriff badges, conductor caps, red bandana & more dress up props!
– Denim pockets stuffed with utensils + money bag juice boxes

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Vibrant Fall Dinner Party {Surprise Birthday!}

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On days like today, I’m dreaming of cooler weather – so this gorgeous Fall Dinner Party is perfectly timed! Shayna of St. Louis Wedding Consultants LLC used vibrant fall colors and metallic accents to bring this {surprise birthday} dinner party to life, while Chef Marianne Moore created a 5 course meal with wine pairings for the guests to enjoy!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful, calligraphy adorned red & gold cake
– Deep red wine glasses, beaded gold napkin rings & woven chargers
– Chalkboards in elegant frames announcing the wine pairings & dessert options
– Gorgeous florals and lighted candles in warm, rustic hues

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{Vintage Style} “Back to School” Bake Sale Theme

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It’s hard to believe we’re mid-August and nearing end-of-summer already! Want to help your little ones get back into “school mode” in a fun, creative way? This adorable, Vintage Back to School Bake Sale theme from Nicolle at Libby Lane Press should do the trick! There’s tons of great inspiration for any charming “school house” themed party OR an actual bake sale event… why not end summer on a high note by earning a few extra bucks for your school or favorite charity!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Burlap bunting sign + a menu made out of a window pane
– A classic red wagon with popcorn bags & mini apple pies
– School house, classroom bell & chalkboard sugar cookies
– Cookies wrapped in baker’s twine & cupcakes with a cherry on top!

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{Party of 5} Princess Jasmine, Milk & Cookies, Toy Story 3, Preschool Party & Brunch Bridal Shower

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Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– Arabian Princess Jasmine Inspired Birthday Party
– Milk & Cookies
– Toy Story 3 Birthday
– Preschool Party
– Brunch Bridal Shower

1. Arabian Princess Jasmine Inspired Birthday Party (pictured above) by LetsHaveABallParties

2. Cookies & Milk by LeeLaaLoo

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Vibrant & Whimsical Candy Shoppe Birthday Party

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I love the vibrant, energetic vibe that Ashely of Cupcake Express whipped up for daughter’s whimsical Candy Shoppe Birthday Party… you can almost feel the sugar rush just looking at it! ;) Make sure to check out the unicorn lollipop vases filled with colorful tissue paper – such a clever and affordable way to “bookend” the dessert table.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Daisy cut mason jars embellished with polka dot ribbon
– Adorable birthday girl shirt & matching fabric flower headbands
– Cupcakes topped with fondant smarties and gumdrops
– Colorful gumball tube party favors that coordinate perfectly with the trim on the cake!

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Darling Vintage Schoolhouse Birthday Party

Who knew school could be such a blast, right?! ;)  Leslie gets at A+ for this adorable School House Inspired Birthday Party that she dreamed up for her daughter Kate, who happens to be super excited about starting preschool soon! Playfully dubbed “Ms. Kate’s Class”, this sweet party is full of clever ideas for any creative back to school or teacher-oriented celebration. I’m seeing lots of great ideas for teacher appreciation gifts too!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY ruler wreath (LOVE!) + chalkboard easel welcome sign
– Fabric embellished apples, brown bag lunches & cute lunch notes from Kate!
– Yellow school bus & pencil sugar cookies
– A clever backpack-making activity followed by “shopping for school supplies”
– A pinwheel topped cake with flashcard “instructions”

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“Just BEE-Cause” Backyard Bumble Bee Tea Party

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“Just BEE-cause”  it’s fun to have a party, Mariah of Giggles Galore made this ADORABLE Backyard Bumble Bee Tea Party for some summertime fun! This party would also be great for a birthday party or a sweet-as-honey baby shower, don’t you think?! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute beehive cake buzzing with fondant bees!
– Kids tablescape with dainty tea cups and beehive favor boxes
– Homemade Peanut Butter & Honey playdough
– Yellow flower lollipops displayed in a bed of grass
– Ribbon & bow embellished honey jars, tea cups, drink bottles & more!

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“Barbie Baroque Style” Paper Dollhouse Birthday Party

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HWTM Contributor Maureen Anders, of Anders Ruff, here to share an incredibly creative, “out of the box” Paper Dollhouse Birthday Party by Erin Borges of Erin Borges Event Design!

This “Dahlhouse” celebration was for Erin’s daughter, Dahlia, and it was brought to life by transforming a bare Town Hall into a real, life-size dollhouse using only paper materials! She used laser cut cardboard and paper materials for everything from the chairs and tables to the kitchen cupboards and {crepe paper} curtains. Inside and out, this space was completely altered to look like a life sized doll house for the party guests to enjoy!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Baroque style laser cut cardboard chair backs, chandelier, table, sofa & cake stands
– Dollhouse exterior embellished with cardboard & paper (The pink “shingles” were made from pizza circles!)
– Paper pillows & flowers accenting the “living room”
– Bright yellow and pink crepe paper “curtains”
– “Barbie box” cookie favor containers

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Budget Friendly Wedding Ideas: Bouquets + Boutonnieres

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Hi there! It’s Amber here from Amber Lay Events, and for this week’s wedding DIY, I’m so excited to share some of my favorite Budget Friendly Wedding Bouquet + Boutonnier ideas with you! I love it when couples push the envelope with the colors, materials, and/or textures that they pick for their weddings. These bouquet and boutonniere pairings are unexpected, yet beautiful, and will hopefully spark some fun floral inspiration for your own wedding – or another upcoming event! (more…)

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Modern “Year of the Rabbit” Inspired First Birthday

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Rita designed & coordinated this wonderfully creative and modern “Year of the Rabbit” Inspired First Birthday. The darling rabbit themed stationery details from Minna Designs really helped tie all the different elements of this whimsical celebration together. And speaking of stationery… don’t miss the fabulous invitations that were sent out in the form of balloons! Recipients inflated the balloons to discover all the party details… what a fun, playful touch! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Seating cards displayed in a bed of grass + table numbers hanging from red balloons
– Bright red ribbon “table runners” + adorable “bunny” napkins
– Bunny shaped cake pops + strawberries decorated to look like carrots
– AMAZING balloon art creations + a fun kiddie craft table
– A peek at the Doljabi ceremony (with adorable custom felt objects made by Kip’s mom!)

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Elegant Baby Shower Brunch {+ Suspended Parasols!}

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If you’re looking for classic, elegant baby shower ideas, Jacky from Velvet Events has you covered with this gorgeous Blue Baby Shower Brunch. And all of these ideas would translate beautifully to any color palette! I just LOVE the “shower” of pretty parasols hanging from the ceiling… how do you think she got them to hang up there?!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Giant monogram “B” made from blue roses
– Onesie decorating activity with fabrics and paints
– A visit from a local food truck with red velvet chocolate chip pancakes & more
– My favorite details (as mentioned above) – the upside down hanging parasols!

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Modern “Into the Woods” Nature Inspired Party

modern nature inspired party with pine cone almonds

When Jill’s daughter requested a Hunger Games Party for her 10th birthday, she was determined to create something that both played up the woodsy/nature vibe of “District 12” and that was also appropriate for a 10 year old and her guests. SO, she dreamed up this fabulous “Into the Woods” Nature Inspired Party, focusing on the forest as inspiration. From modern animal silhouettes and crafty signs to a super creative woodland inspired buffet, I’m seriously loving everything about this modern-meets-rustic party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Birch slice bunting, wood grain platters & painted woodland animals
– Contemporary stag and antler backdrop on a cool wood grain fabric
– Almond “Pine Cones”, tomato “Toadstools”, “Field Greens” and other fun food!
– Fun activities like bird watching, pine cone crafting, and swimming in the “pond”
– Wood grain cupcake wrappers, Owl pops, Grizzly Bear cookies & more tasty treats!

modern nature inspired party dessert table with grizzly bear cookies

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5 Tips For Throwing a Cool Teen Party (+ Electric Guitar & Amp GIVEAWAY from PBteen)

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Winner update: 8/16/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenters #25 – CAROLYN HORTEN Congrats!

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{HWTM contributor Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design.} One question I get the asked all the time is: “My teen wants a party… What do I do? Help me please!” As a mom of a 16 year old, I know that planning a teen event is hard.  Let’s just say – you must AMP UP the cool factor!

I teamed up with PBteen to show you how to take items from your teen’s room and use them in your party design to throw a fabulous teen party. {Be sure to go to the end of the post for details on a cool PBteen GIVEAWAY!} When I begin to design a teen party for my clients, I always ask to see the teen’s room. You can get an idea of what style they like, what colors they love and what things they’re into to get you started on the party’s look and feel. I’ll walk you through a music theme that is one of my most popular themes & give you 5 tips for creating the look….

TIP #1: MUSIC IS KEY!

Here I designed the entire party around music by pulling in several instruments and using them in unexpected ways. Make sure your teen creates a playlist of all of their favorite songs ahead of time and have them playing during the party. (You can also have the playlist burned on cds to give away as party favors.)

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Playful & Chic “Humpty Dumpty” Inspired Party

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Party inspiration can come from anywhere, and Stefanie of The Petite Soiree found it in a classic nursery rhyme this time! Her stylish take on a Humpty Dumpty Inspired Party is filled with great ideas for a charming – and wonderfully nostalgic! – baby shower or first birthday celebration.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– AMAZING paper mache humpty dumpty (sitting on a real brick wall!)
– Embellished bubble tin & crayon box party favors
– Fabulous yarn pom garland and coordinating party hat toppers
– Silver eggs, sweet cupcakes, fluffy marshmallows & more simple treats!

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Gender Reveal Party Ideas {“Pink vs. Blue” Picks}

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Gender reveal parties are a trend that I’m seeing more of lately – both in regards to party submissions we receive and other mentions ’round the web. I’ve yet to actually attend one myself, but I’ve definitely seen lots of “reveal moment” photos online, and it’s always fun to see the looks of excitement and pure joy on the faces of the parents-to-be.

Tara from Stroller Traffic asked me to contribute some Gender Reveal Party picks this week, so I designed this inspiration board to match a cute invitation design from Tiny Prints. Click here for full details on everything pictured above. (more…)

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{Lovely & Sweet} Rustic Pink Baby Shower

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I just love reading about celebrations like this… where there’s so much love – and friendship – apparent in the details (as described below)! Sarah of Sarah Kathleen Photography sent in these beautiful images of her cousin Kelsey’s gorgeous Rustic Pink Baby Shower, which she photographed and collaborated on with Kelsey’s close friend, Danea of Danae Grace Events.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY burlap and satin ribbon table runner
– Bellini bar complete with mason jars, pink drinks & fresh berries!
– A playful-prop-filled photo booth with a fabulous streamer backdrop
– Sneak peek at Kelsey’s lovely maternity photo session!

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Darling “Pancakes and Pajamas” Birthday Party

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Sugar cookie “short stacks”, edible “bunny slippers”, happy shades of bright pink & orange… this colorful Pancakes and Pajamas Party from Frog Prince Paperie is so cute & clever you won’t be able to stop smiling! Styled with a “hotel room service inspired” vibe for a young girl’s birthday, I’m pretty sure my grown up friends would love a party like this too… especially since it calls for such cozy attire! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Edible “Bunny slippers” made from coconut-rolled brownies
– Yummy menu of fruit salad, cereals “push pops”, & real pancakes of course!
– Sugar cookie “short stacks”, topped with a pat of “butter”
– Contemporary arrangements of bright pink carnations
– Monogrammed pink party shirts + PJ bottoms

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{Americana Style} Nautical Low Country Boil Party

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Alison of The English Pea Studio hosted a wonderfully modern, Americana style Low Country Boil Party earlier this year, and it’s absolutely bubbling over with creative details. While nautical designs & colors naturally lend themselves to patriotic celebrations (like this one, held on Memorial Day), crab feasts really are a fun way to ring in any warm summer day!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– A traditional old country boil style menu, seasoned with Old Bay Creole
– Fondant sugar cookie toppers featuring anchor, crab & ships helm motifs
– “Let’s Get Crackin’ Summer 2012” favor bags with Creole seasoning
– Gorgeous lattice crust cherry pie with adorable striped flag/crab bunting

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{Party of 5} Barnyard Party, Money Dessert Table, Strawberry Shortcake, Olympic Party & Fireman Birthday

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Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– {Farm Animal} Barnyard Party
– Money & Gold Dessert Table {for a financial planner birthday girl!}
– Strawberry Shortcake Inspired First Birthday
– Little Athlete Olympic Party
– Fireman Birthday Party

1. Barnyard Party (pictured above) by thesmallfry

2. Money, Money, Money Dessert Table by Events by Nat

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DIY Tutorial: Easy & Whimsical Paper Flowers

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If you caught my Pier 1 event recap posted yesterday, you probably noticed that we used TONS of paper flowers throughout the decor – especially this lovely whimsical version! We did an in-person demo of these flowers at the event, and I’m excited to share the tutorial with you today too – because I think you’re going to love how easy it is to whip them out!

easy and whimsical paper flowers tutorial

I found the instructions for this style of flower by Jeffery Rudell right here, and it’s definitely helpful to check out the visual diagram in he created. I changed things up slightly by swapping out the floral tape “pistils” he created with decorative rhinestone and bead centers instead.

And for the sake of time, I also omitted the floral tape suggested for the underside of the flower (which helps to keep the flowers in place at the top of the stem) and just used a tiny dab of hot glue to help secure them. You can certainly do it either way – I just had to bust out a bunch of these at once, so time was of the essence! ;) (more…)

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Up, Up, & Away… It’s an Airplane Birthday!

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Kelly & Meaghan, the creative duo behind Sweet Pea Events, planned a super cute & stylish Airplane Birthday Party for Kelly’s son! Dubbed “Up, Up, and Away – It’s Carson’s Third Birthday”, they held the celebration at held in a flight museum where guests could get up-close-and-personal with the inspiration behind the theme.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Paper airplane invitations (how fun!)
– Stylish orange & teal cake with an ombre design and sparkly “3” candle
– Cotton ball “clouds” + painted wooden airplanes as centerpieces
– A clever sketched airplane drawing with pictures of the birthday boy in each “window” of the plan
– A “Baggage Claim” Favor Station with suitcases made out of spraypainted cereal boxes!

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Fantastic “Master Builder” LEGO Birthday Party

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Are you ready to learn how to build a super fun LEGO party? Well Giggledust Parties is here with the inside scoop! Jamie dreamed up a fantastic Master Builder LEGO Birthday Party for her son’s 7th birthday. This is SUCH a great theme idea that opens the door to lots of creative activities for those energetic boys. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful tablescape with huge lego heads & creative “construction style” drink containers
– 4 activity stations for “Master Builder Training”
– Construction hats + blue award medals for “training completion”
– Super cute LEGO snack containers filled with grapes & cubed cheese

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Pier 1 Imports: Grand Opening {Event Recap + Creative Highlights}

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A gorgeous new Pier 1 Imports store opened a few weeks ago and I was thrilled to participate in the Grand Opening Event by demonstrating some creative and outside-the-box ways to entertain with Pier 1 products! Amber and Alyssa came with me, and we had a great time chatting with guests about entertaining ideas and teaching them how to make different types of DIY paper flowers. Another fun piece of “grand opening” news: Pier 1 JUST launched a brand new website complete with ONLINE shopping!

ENTERTAINING OUTSIDE THE BOX

From rustic coffee mugs used as dessert pedestals to a colorful tube wine rack reinvented as a table centerpiece, I’m excited to share a recap of the event’s entertaining tips & highlights with you today! The best thing about all of these tips is that they can be utilized with ANY sort of theme or occasion you have in mind.

KEY TIPS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

– DIY Paper Flowers (4 different styles)
– Theme & Color Palette Inspiration
– DIY Cake & Dessert Stands made from dishes, bottles, and candle holders
– Repurposing & Reinventing (necklaces as mini garlands, napkin rings as bottle accents, etc)

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DIY PAPER FLOWERS

We showcased a few different types of paper flowers, but the easiest variation (pictured above) was probably my favorite style, due to both the “quick & easy” factor AND the fun whimsical vibe they gave when attached to floral wire! I displayed some individually in mini glass bottles used as “bud vases”, and combined a whole bunch of them with fresh flowers for the table centerpiece:

a whimsical and vintage brunch tablescape with a modern twist

*Note: A tutorial on the whimsical paper flowers will be posted separately.

VINTAGE BOTTLE DESSERT STAND

I also used a trio of the mini glass bottles ($14/set of 4) to create the playful dessert stand below. Despite what you may be thinking, this was actually very sturdy! The bottles are secured to the plates using 3D craft glue dots.

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Anthropologie Inspired Tea Party Photo Shoot + Tips for A DIY Family Photo Session

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Jen Hrycyk from Jen CYK Photography is known for beautiful emotion-capturing photos, and today we have a special treat for you! Jen is here to share great tips for a family photo session + images from an Anthropologie Style Tea Party Photo Shoot. Take it away, Jen!

“I have a hunch that a lot of you lovely readers out there have had a professional photo session. You’re reading this amazing blog, so we know you have impeccable taste. And this happens to be a visually beautiful place, so we know you care about fantastic pictures. So with summer here, gorgeous sunsets, and and lots of bright colors in style, odds are you may be thinking about a family photo shoot of your own.

Here is a fantastic example of an Anthropologie inspired photo shoot. The amazing thing about it, is that everything from this shoot was collected from the family’s home.

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